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Iam snaps his way to the top with help from Futures Fund

Iam Burn

The Futures Fund allowed Photography, Video & Digital Imaging student Iam Burn to view the photography industry through a new lens.

Iam received an opportunity scholarship which covered his travel costs to attend The National Photography Show in Birmingham. At the event, he was able to develop his knowledge of different techniques, purchase equipment beneficial to his studies at a discounted price and receive more information about the career paths he could take upon graduation.

He was introduced to the increasingly popular technique of Lomography, which blends retro photography with creative and artistic expression. Seeing first-hand demonstrations and finished examples inspired Iam, who has now bought several vintage cameras with the hope of further developing his skill in the area.

He said: “As a result of seeing examples of the work you can produce, and talking to experts on the stall, I am now embarking on a variety of projects throughout the summer to expand my knowledge and experience in this field.”

With an eye on the future, Iam also received details about teaching in his chosen discipline. Although he has some training experience thanks to previous jobs, he had never previously thought about running courses in photography. However, the show opened his eyes to the possibility and now, with newfound knowledge of teaching in the industry, he added that passing on his knowledge to students would certainly be something he would consider in the future.

He continued: “Whether this is as a self-employed practitioner, employed by a training company or even looking at teaching in the formal education system I now feel as if it is an area I will give further consideration to.”

For Iam, attending this event has been hugely beneficial to his studies and his career aspirations. He concluded by expressing his gratitude to the Futures Fund that made his trip possible.

He stated: “Thank you Futures Fund, you have expanded my artistic mind and helped me to learn new skills.”

Article written by Matthew Shevlin, University of Sunderland Journalism graduate. 

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